My one lonely certification

Certifications have always been something high on my list to-do, but something I never seem to get to.  I did all the research and read skimmed most of the Microsoft library in a quest for MCP and MCSE about 8 or 9 years ago.  I never took a single test.  About five years ago, I switched jobs and did full-time web programming for a university.  I got the books and started studying for Zend PHP certification.  Never took the test.

I moved back into my preferred career path about 3 years ago now (my 3 year anniversary with HTC is June 6!) and certifications became something I wanted again.  I think the desire is to prove that I know what I profess to know.  At the same time, I’ve met a number of certified professional who are about as dumb as dirt when it comes to the technology they are certified on, but I digress.

So, to date, I have completed just one certification exam for our corporate mail product.  That was a test I took at the tail end of the training course.

I have spent two and a half years working very hard to learn VMware – the in’s and out’s of the software – and the gotchas that might bite.  And so, I want to be VMware certified.  During my annual review, I also submitted VMware certification as one of my annual goals.  It will be included in my review for this year.  So, that was motivation to finally take this test and make it happen.  So, I will update you on my quest for certification.

Being a Windows administrator for the company, I feel like I should have a Microsoft certification or two.  Given Microsoft’s new certification program, I am not sure what certifications I want, so that too may be something to ponder.  Updates coming soon…



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Philip is a IT solutions engineer working for AmWINS Group, Inc., an insurance brokerage firm in Charlotte, NC. With a focus on data center technologies, he has built a career helping his customers and his employers deploy better IT solutions to solve their problems. Philip holds certifications in VMware and Microsoft technologies and he is a technical jack of all trades that is passionate about IT infrastructure and all things Apple. He's a part-time blogger and author here at

One Response to “My one lonely certification”

  1. I think it’s important to set goals likethat for yourself. I’d really like to get my Cisco certification, along with my RHCP that I’ve been considering for a while.

    I keep thinking that I’ll do it when I get time,but then I never get time.

    Get it taken care of, and I’ll live vicariously through you 😉

    May 28, 2009 at 2:58 pm Reply

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